June 23, 2017

French Friday: Chartres

June 23, 2017 (174/365)

« Il n'y a plus de cathédrale après Chartres ! 
... là j'ai vraiment senti ce que c'est que l'architecture. »
  ~ Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, architecte

Chartres Cathedral is the finest example of French Gothic architecture 
and a pilgrimage destination since its dedication in 1220 AD.
Cloth worn by the Virgin Mary during the birth Christ, given to Chartres in 876
The original labyrinth which the faithful followed on their knees
Chartres was the inspiration for Gesu Church (1887) 
on the campus of Marquette University